Friday, October 7, 2011

Case Study Challenge 60 - October 6, 2011 - Christmas Greetings

Hi and Happy Friday!  We made it through another week!  I hope you've got something fun planned for the weekend.  It's Indian summer here and  I'm having my parents over for dinner tomorrow for BBQ.  The weather is unusually warm here for October - today was 85 degrees!  Usually we're looking for frost on the pumpkin about now.  I'm not complaining, I'm just sayin' !!

 I just recently found Case Study and have been hooked on it since.  Maybe it is the fantastic design team they have, or the wonderful inspiration they come up with every week.
If you aren't familiar with Case Study the concept is simple.  They present a designer every week to act as a "muse" to inspire your creativity.   You are not required to stick to a card recipe - so no set patterns, and no required color combinations.

You are completely free to interpret the design however you like.  For this week's inspiration by Nicki Estes you  might be inspired by that beautiful butterfly, the music pattern, the bright color, the card layout or maybe even the pretty lace. 

With all this open to interpretation it  makes for some interesting play - especially when you see all the different directions that the sketch will go.  If this design grabs your attention and you want to play you can get the details at: 

As for me, I fell in love with the layout pattern on this one.  I've been focusing on holiday cards lately and decided to turn this casual design into an elegant Christmas card.  Instead of the bright turquoise Nicki used, I used a deep red; in place of the torn notebook border - a lacy cutout.  I'm really getting to enjoy using my Copics and really like how my poinsettias turned out. I fussy cut them 4 times and layered them with pop dots. 

I hope you like it!  Have a great weekend!  I hope the sun is shining wher ever you are!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 5" x 7"
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Compliments of the Season, Oval Classic Frame, Big Bloom Poinsettia
Dies:  Spellbinders:  Classic Ovals
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Collection Union Square "Perfect" Damask Print, "Home Sweet Home" Collage Paper
Border Punch:  EK Success Morocco Lace
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder:  Cassie's Brocade
Ink:  Momento:  Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk  Ranger/Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Markers:  Copic Sketch


Paul Browning said...

Thank you ever so much for the kind comments you've left on my blog. I've now just come along to have a nosy at your blog and WOW my jaw has dropped. Your cards from this week's posts are stunning. Such quality detail and expertly pieced together. On this card I just adore the gentle shading around the sentiment & the contrast between the red and the black. It's no surprise to see you're a winner of CASE challenge blog. I'm honoured that someone with such skill can say nice things on my creations. Have a fab weekend. Pxx

Teresa Kline said...

wow, this is gorgeous...I adore the bold colors...hope you have a fabby weekend!

enjoy *~*

Debgem said...

Jeanne - this is so elegant!! I do like the polka dot background and the lovely damask style notepaper! The sentiment and poinsettia are lovely.

WinterBerry Glen said...

Love this beautiful Christmas card! Boy, there are so many things to like about it: the color scheme, the damask, the vintage script, the poinsettia! just amazing!

Cathy Weber said...

This really is an elegant card Jeanne. I love that damask pattern and the poinsettia popped up with all those layers. The black, cream and red combination is gorgeous together. I love the lace and the ribbon and just noticed that dry embossing on the red layer. Very pretty card.

Helen said...

Wow, i really like this card!! Very sophisticated Jeanne - I love the dark papers with the red. Very festive & great job casing Nicki's card too!

Inkyfingers said...

This is stunning Jeanne. So elegant.

Cheryl said...

Jeanne, this card is STUNNING! I love the deep red and black together, and the sentiment is beautiful. Gorgeous! ~Hugs, Cheryl

Pauline said...

This is beuatifully festive and warm Jeanne, I love the lace layered with the polka dot paper. Gorgeous!

Cristina said...

Yahooo! Love this! How great that you changed up the colors, and yet the inspiration is still evident. Beautiful CASE! Thanks for joining us this week.

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Perfect card, just wonderfully done! Love these MME papers for one, and your gorgeous label!

Niki Estes said...

Beautiful card, Jeanne!